When her beloved father dies of multiple sclerosis in Detroit in 1999, medical student Bijou makes the journey with her family back to his homeland in Calcutta to sprinkle his ashes in the Ganges. He had always told her about his political activism in the 1960s, about meeting his wife in Paris and their coming to America. But why did he leave Calcutta and never go back there to his Bengali family?
I loved this tale of one woman's search for her own identity amongst the expectations laid out by her family and culture. Dhar weaved both past and present events - which gives the reader the ability to see the "whole picture". I found the last chapter to be particularly strong - but I won't give it away.
Up next is "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" by Sarah Addison Allen.